Laptop Reviews

Asus ZenBook Pro 15 (UX580) Preview

A touchpad that moonlights as a 5.5-inch full HD display will grace the 2018 version of the Asus ZenBook Pro 15 ($2,229) laptop. Unveiled at Computex, the new ZenBook Pro’s ScreenPad joins other alternative input methods like the Logitech Craft keyboard, Microsoft Surface Dial, and Apple Touch Bar as a means other than the keyboard and cursor for controlling specialized apps. How Does It Work? The key here is specialization: To get the most functionality out of the ScreenPad, an…

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Asus ScreenPad transforms the ZenBook Pro’s touchpad into a magical video screen

The Asus ZenBook Pro has always strived to offer a balance between price and performance, but its appearance settled upon the relatively mundane. No longer. The Asus ZenBook Pro 15 (UX580) Asus showed off at Computex features the ScreenPad, a vibrant, amazing second screen that does double duty as a touchpad. Think of the UX580 as building off the recently announced UX550G, which included Intel’s premium Core i9 microprocessor, along with the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics. The ZenBook…

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Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 850 PC chip boosts performance, pushes battery life to a new high

PCs powered by Qualcomm’s first-generation Snapdragon PC processor struggled with performance issues while providing incredible all-day battery life. Qualcomm has addressed these problems with the new Snapdragon 850, adding 30 percent more performance while extending its already incredible battery life another 20 percent to what it now calls “multi-day” longevity. If you expected this second generation of Always Connected PCs (ACPCs) to be powered by the Snapdragon 845 Qualcomm showed off last year, you’d be forgiven. But that chip was specifically…

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Apple Ignores What’s Wrong With the Mac | Sascha Segan

The Mac needs help, and in a more than two-hour presentation today, Apple refused to provide it. Apple makes great software. I use Windows and macOS daily, and macOS is cleaner, smoother, and more stable for basic tasks. Windows gives me the power I need to do great work, but I relax into a macOS browser window at home. Apple’s Mac shipments have been steady year over year in a declining PC market, according to Gartner. So you could be…

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Acer Spin 3 (SP314-51-38XK) Review & Rating

We recently raved about the $329.99 Acer Spin 1, the Taiwanese tech giant’s least expensive 2-in-1 convertible laptop. The Spin 3 ($499.99) is Acer’s next step up, slotting in above the Spin 1 and below the Spins 5 and 7. As budget 2-in-1s go, the Spin 3 has a good feature set and respectable performance, and its 1TB hard drive offers reams more storage than the Editors’ Choice Spin 1’s 32GB of eMMC flash. But the 5,400rpm drive is a…

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Asus ROG Strix Has Thin Bezels and a Bossy Keyboard | News & Opinion

Two different models of the Asus ROG Strix gaming laptops let their keyboards inform you whether you should use them for FPS or MOBA games. June 4, 2018 10:49AM EST June 4, 2018 TAIPEI—New Asus ROG Strix II gaming laptops unveiled here at Computex come with a few predictable features currently in vogue, like screens with 144Hz refresh rates and ultra thin bezels, but also something you won’t find on many other gaming laptops: a separate version designed for MOBA…

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Asus ROG Strix Hero II, Scar II laptops are tuned for MOBAs and FPS games

Asus and its Republic of Gamers brand have launched a pair of notebooks that are “optimized” for FPS and MOBA games: the ROG Strix Scar II and Hero II, respectively. They’re not quite the same PC; since MOBA games have lower performance requirements than first-person shooters, the Hero II’s graphics options only go up to an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060. The Scar II includes a GTX 1070 option.  Mark Hachman / IDG The ROG Strix Scar II keyboard, highlighting the…

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HP Teases New Omen 15 Laptop, Gaming Gear | News & Opinion

With a high screen refresh rate, smaller bezels, and Nvidia’s Max-Q graphics technology, HP’s Omen 15 laptop is slimming down and getting more powerful. The souped-up, 15-inch gaming laptop, unveiled on Wednesday, is a minor improvement on the existing HP Omen 15, but it adds a few key features that we’ve seen spread across the mid-range and high-end laptop market in recent months. The most notable improvement HP made to the Omen 15’s components is swapping out the old seventh-generation…

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The Best Laptops for VR

Why Go Mobile for VR? One of the most difficult aspects of successfully bringing VR into your home is the powerful hardware required to run the headsets and software. Beefy desktops are a common option for powering your VR headset and PC games, but not everyone has the space or the desire for a large PC tower. Being able to move your VR machine from room to room easily—or take it on the go, if you need to show off…

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Save $100 on 15.6-Inch Dell Inspiron 15 3000 Laptop

This laptop is a steal at just $300. If you’re in need of a low-cost Windows laptop, take a look at the Dell Inspiron 15 3000. With a dual-core Intel processor, an HD display, and a high-speed Wi-Fi support, this laptop is a steal at just $299.96 during Dell’s Dads and Grads sale and you’ll save $100 off the sticker price. Get this deal Inside, this configuration sports a sixth-generation dual-core 2GHz Intel Core i3-6006U CPU, integrated Intel HD Graphics,…

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